I’m happy you have found our website and I hope you find many beautiful things to inspire your creativity. I would like to share a little of my quilt journey with you.
I first learned to quilt when I was 9 years old on vacation to visit family in Ellwood City, PA. We were staying with my Great Aunt Valley and I was fascinated by a quilt she was making for her granddaughter. It was the Sunbonnet Sue pattern. She helped me choose fabric and trace the pattern onto a piece of paper and how to do needle turn applique. I got busy making blocks. On that same vacation I spent lots of time sorting my Aunt Betty’s button collection that she kept in a round tin. Once sorted, I would make a variety of pictures with the various buttons. Over the years visiting my family in Amish Country and seeing all of the beautiful quilts, I was determined to learn to make a “real” quilt.
In the early 90’s I took a sampler quilt class at our local quilt shop & fell in love with not only quilting but with fabric! I soon started to collect fat quarters for what I don’t know, but who cares!
Fast forward to 2002, I opened my first quilt shop, Quilters Studio in San Carlos, CA. where I carried reproduction fabrics. A few years later my sister-in-law Ann, also a quilter, called and told me about a retreat in Lake Tahoe, NV on making a Baltimore Album quilt being taught by Sandra Mollon. She had just signed up for and asked if I wanted to go. YES! I quickly sent off a check. I took along my fat quarter of traditional reproductions and was eager to learn. As the week went on, I noticed some of the ladies were making their Baltimore Albums with batiks. Some in jewel tones on black background. Some using silks and ultra-suedes with ribbon and beads. I was amazed at how beautiful they were. Well, as you can imagine, I fell in love with batiks. They were so easy to work with. I went back to my shop and started carrying batiks too!
As the mommy push-me-pull-you kicked in, I closed my shop in 2010. I still continued to make the annual retreat to see what new things Sandra was creating with those lovely batiks. Her work is absolutely amazing. You can see photos of some of her patterns featured on our website.
With my girls in college and venturing out on their own, my family moved to Sonoma County. I decided it was time to get back into the quilt shop business but instead of a brick and mortar shop, I have opened Quilters Studio Sonoma, an online quilt shop that offers quality fabrics, trims and a variety of embellishments from around to world for my customers to create their works of art.
And in case you were wondering; I now host the annual quilt retreat that Sandra continues to teach. Check out our retreat page and sign up for the next class.
I hope to see you there.